LOVED FOR ITS COLLAGEN PRODUCING SKIN TIGHTENING ABILITIES, RADIOFREQUENCY IS THE TOPMOST CHOICE TO BE USED FOR SALON SIMILAR RESULTS AT HOME.
Radiofrequency, tightens the skin and stimulates the development of collagen and elastin, targetting areas under the jaw. It’s a common in-salon treatment, but when it comes to going to the clinic, with most of this year a no-go zone, home radiofrequency tools have grown in-demand.
Aesthetic physician Sophie Shotter and facialist Joanne Evans, named the instruments they rate highly for use at-home. When two respected names say anything is a must-have, we felt it our responsibility to look at the best out there.
Is in-home radiofrequency safe?
Using a pro-tool at home can be overwhelming, but it is completely healthy, explains Dr. Sophie Shotter. Radiofrequency is a method that is safe and clinically efficient to use at home. There are a few products that have harnessed the power of RF in a cleared home-use system from the FDA.
How do radiofrequency tools work?
At-home tools work the same way as in-clinic therapies, stimulating the development of collagen inside the skin, along with raising and tightening the skin. With daily use, it heats the cells to tighten them. Joanne refers to this as ‘shrink-wrapping’ the skin.
If you’re used to in-salon radiofrequency, you’ll find that home instruments aren’t as hot as those therapies, but when using them, you’ll feel some comfort. The strategy is the same as you’ll have seen from the pros – just smooth the device over the contours of your face.
You need to use a conductive gel such as Newa’s Lift Activator Gel, £ 35, for an at-home instrument to function. The gel helps the system to travel smoothly (no painful tugging) across the treatment area and serves as a conductive medium for the waves allowing them to pass through the layers of the skin.
How often should I do the radiofrequency treatment at home?
Home-use devices may not be as effective as in-clinic devices and will require more regular use to achieve outcomes, explains Dr. Sophie, “Most in-clinic RF machines involve weekly sessions, but over the first few weeks you may need to start using an at-home device daily.” There will be slightly different instructions for each device, so please follow the directions for the device you use.
Instruments to invest in:
The expert-approved one: New Anti-Aging Skincare Kit, £ 3499 GBP
This one came out on top for both Sophie and Joanne when we talked to experts about their favorite skincare devices. “I have known Endymed [Newa’s makers] for some time, so it made my ears prick up when they put their technical experience into a home care unit. To show the effects, it has clinical trials and science-based articles,” Joanne explains. “It targets three key areas of the eyes, cheeks, and jawline of the face.” It comes with an activated gel and you rotate it in tiny circles and deep sweeps around the face, with the device telling you when to move on to a new area. Joanne says on each area for four minutes to use this. It’s not cordless, so it’s not great.”
The Japanese one: Ya-Man RF Beaute Bloom, £ 220,
This easy-to-hold gadget from the Japanese beauty brand Ya Man, popular for at-home beauty products, says you only need to use it for six minutes per session to see results and is for face and neck use.
The travel-friendly one: Sensica Sensilift Mini, £ 109.
This portable system has a built-in smart sensor for use on the face, decolletage, and hands that continuously tracks and responds to the temperature of the skin. It has two prongs that send waves through the skin. Reviewers report that with only three uses they saw a difference. For larger surface areas such as the neck and decolletage, Sensica also provides the non-mini edition, simply called Sensilift, £ 279.
The multitasker: Silk’n FaceTite, £955
It might look like a remote TV, but it’s much, much more. With radiofrequency, red LED light, and infrared heat energy, it smoothes and reshapes the face. The trip combination heats all cell layers, finds and restores damaged tissue, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles, fine lines, and sun and age spots.
We expect more home devices to launch soon with a rise in interest in at-home radio frequency after lockdown. Stay tuned.